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be a national candidate. he is someone who clearly was socially conservative. telegraphed that very clearly to his of voters. they thought of him as a reliable. so he was able to go after suburban voters. because you thought of him as reliable and safe, he was able to frame things very effectively. i tend to think that is the better model then someone says, you have to change. compared jon huntsman to george w. bush. >> and rubio. jeb bush would be the intellectual leader. but not running himself and maybe try to steer rubio who is not in that camp, a little further in his direction. i can imagine that scenario. >> far be it from me to predict what the republicans are going to do. i thought there is going to pass immigration reform in the mid 2000's. i think jeb bush is positioning himself. he went to tampa and said, we are acting stupid on
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immigration. he and clint bullock are writing a book on immigration reform. he is positioning himself to be the guy who is conservative, catholic, married to a mexican- american, has a great education track record. he will be well-positioned -- if we will modernize was somebody that we feel safe with, he could be the guy. >> one last word on the millennial, since we had that question. according to the data, it does share is boama's operational us by 18-29-year- old. it is creeping up. he did land a 66-32 in 2008. he is not there yet. pew had hiim at a 30-point margin. when he is -- he may end up with an outsize margin among millennials, but not as big as what his head in 2008. the other question as to what extent these folks will turn
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out. in 2008, it was not that astronomical turn out. >> 40% non-white. >> the white millennials are more liberal. >> 55% among whites under 30. >> short answer is, looking pretty good for obama, not may be quite as good as 2012. that is why we hold the elections. i want to thank you all for turning out. i thought this was a great panel. we got a lot of good information. a vote early and often. thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> tomorrow on "washington journal", which will talk with third party candidates. first, green party that it jill
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stein. she will talk about her platform and the challenges of running as a third party candidate. that is followed by former virginia rep and constitution party candidate virgil good. e. and then we will look at the history and role of third parties, from the liberty partyin 1841 to ross perot's party in the early 1990's. "washington journal" with your calls, tweet, and e-mails live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> it is the first thing in our article here is, getting medicare costs under control is the number one priority. and it is the most untouchable thing. but that is going to cause more trouble than any other problem we have got fiscally and the united states.
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getting medicare costs under control as the number one thing. >> it you say we also surcharge smokers. and the obese for their medicare coverage. >> right. >> where did that idea come from? >> it came from all secured i am the person who put it in the memo but i did not have to fight very hard for it. also, is something i ran in "the washington post", calling people morbidly arby's -- i call them mega-fatties. and i was rebuked for being insensitive, which i probably am. but this is another thing where everybody knows this to be and someone has to pay for it. i do not think he should bankrupt people. but there should be penalties. , i am not really a democrat, but i am a democrat compared to him. but you have to be responsible for your personal behavior. >> quite right.
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we should point out that we are not the only ones making arguments like this. there have been other commissions. the task force that was headed by alice rivlin and peak demand shake off. they also said that with regard to medicare, we should do something about the obese and smokers and they had a proposal which was more complicated for restricting the spending on end of life care. by the way, these are difficult, painful decisions, but we are going to have to face them. >> fixing the economy. sunday at 8:00 p.m. on c-span's "q&a." last week, both republican presidential candidate mitt romney and president obama spoke at the clinton global initiative in new york. mr. romney spoke in the morning about the attack on the american consulate in libya and outlined
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his plan for foreign aid to the middle east. he is introduced by former president bill clinton. >> good morning. good morning. i want to begin by thanking governor romney for coming here today. this is really important. all of you who were there last night know if we cannot cooperate over these issues we cannot find it anywhere. this is really important. i thought i would introduce him by giving you an example of one personal experience we had together, when i passed legislation and signed it from congress, the model for me was a program based in boston
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called city year, which a lot of you know about. it is a great program. when i left the white house there was discussion about whether americorps would be defunded, the largest affiliate in the united states was city year, and mitt romney was on the board. i wrote him a letter saying we should continue this. i called him and i was out of the white house and i said, governor, i love city year. that is what americorps is all about. i hope you will save it. he urged the republican congress to continue to support city year, and they did. i just visited the program in south africa where the youth
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unemployment rate exceeds 40%, and 80% of the volunteers in johannesburg have a job the day they leave city year. it turns out it is good economics and good for the society. all of you should know that, and, governor, i thank you for being here. the podium is yours. [applause] >> thank you, mr. president. i appreciate your kind words, and that introduction is very touching. >> if there's one thing we've learned this election season, it's that a few words from bill clinton can do any man a lot of good. [laughter]
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after that introduction -- since serving as president here in america, president clinton has devoted himself to lifting the downtrodden around the world. one of the best things that can happen to any cause, to any people, is to have bill clinton as its advocate. i appreciate your willingness to come to us with those messages. as i have watched the astounding impact of this initiative from afar, i have been impressed by the extraordinary power you have derived by harnessing together different people of different backgrounds, and different institutions of different persuasions. you have fashioned partnerships
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across traditional boundaries -- public and private, for- profit and nonprofit, charitable and commercial. on a smaller scale, i have seen partnerships like this work before. in massachusetts, two social pioneers brought corporations and government and volunteers together to form city year, the model for americorps. i sat with then candidate for president bill clinton as he investigated the life-changing successes which occurred when young people came together for a year of service, linked in teams with corporate sponsors. then, as the head of the 2002 winter olympic games, i saw
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again the stunning success than comes when the disparate elements of a community join together in unity, to overcome challenges that had seemed insurmountable before. the initiative has demonstrated the effectiveness of entrepreneurship and social enterprise. we endeavor not only to comfort and assuage the pains of the afflicted, but also to change lives, and change the lives through freedom, free enterprise, through entrepreneurship, and the incomparable dignity associated with work. free enterprise has done more to bless humanity than any other system, not only because it is the only system that treats a -- creates a prosperous middle class, but because it is the only system where the individual enjoys the freedom to guide and build his or her life.
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free enterprise cannot only make us better off financially, it can make us better people. ours is a compassionate nation, as you know. you look around the world and we see enduring suffering. our hearts break. we make up only 4.5% of the world's population. we donate nearly 1/4 of all foreign aid. americans give more of the money. pastors like rick warren lead mission trips that sends thousands of americans around the world to bring comfort. american troops, the first on the scene of a natural disaster. an earthquake strikes, in haiti, care packages come from all over the world, but first from america, not far behind our presidents clinton and bush. too often our passion for charity as a people is tempered by our sense that our aid is
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not always effective. we see stories and cases where american aid has been diverted to corrupt governments. we wonder why year after year after year of aid and relief seem to never extinguish the suffering. why does it persist decade after decade? some of the disappointments are due to our failure to recognize how much the developing world has changed. a lot of the foreign aid efforts we put in place years ago were decided at a time when government development assistance accounted for 75% of the resources flowing to developing nations. today 82% of the resources that flow to developing nations come from the private sector, not the governmental sector. if somehow foreign aid can leverage that massive investment by the private sector, it may be able to expand the ability to not only care for those suffering, but also to
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change their lives on a permanent basis. private enterprise is having a greater impact on its own in the developing world. an example, the john deere company developed a suite of farm tools that could be attached to a small tractor. the result has been a good investment for the company and a greater opportunity for african farmers who are able to grow more crops and provide for more plentiful lives of their own. for american foreign aid to become more effective, it has got to embrace the principles that you see in these global initiatives -- the power of partnerships, access to the transformative nature of free enterprise, and the leverage of the abundant resources that can come from the private sector.
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i believe there are three legitimate object of our foreign aid in this country. first is to address humanitarian needs. this is the case with petfar, -- pepfar, which has given millions help. the second is to foster substantial united states' strategic interests, perhaps military, diplomatic, or economic. the third is one that has to receive more attention at a higher priority in the romney administration. that is something that elevates people and brings about lasting change in communities and nations. for example, a lot of americans, including myself, are troubled by developments in the middle east. syria has witnessed the killing of tens of thousands of people. the president of egypt is a member of the muslim brotherhood. our ambassador to libya was
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assassinated in a terrorist attack. iran is moving toward nuclear weapons capability. we somehow feel we are at the mercy of events rather than shaping events. i am asked why. what can we do about it, to lead in the middle east to stability and ease the suffering, anger, and hate, and the violence? religious extremism is part of the problem. that is not the whole story. the population of the middle east is very young, particularly in comparison to the population of the developed nations. typically these young people do not have a lot of job prospects, for the levels of youth unemployment across the region are excessive and chronic. the nations that have undergone a change in leadership recently, young people have greater access to information, and in the past that was being carefully guarded by tyrants and
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dictators. now it is available. they see that good as well as the bad in surrounding societies. they can now organized across mobilizing populations. accumulated by poverty and -- humiliated by poverty and crushed by government frustration, their frustration and anger in such a setting, for americans to change lives, change communities and nations in the middle east, foreign aid must play a role, and the shape that role should play was brought under focus with the life and death of a man of tunisia, the vendor, who sparked the arab spring. he was just 26 years old. he provided for his family since he was a young boy.
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he worked his small fruit stand selling to passersby. the regular harassment by bureaucrats was elevated when they took cases of his fruit and then they took away his scales away from him again. on the day of his final protest, witnesses say an officer slapped him, and he cried out with these words, "why are you doing this to me? i am a simple person. i just want to work. i just want to work." work. that has to be at the heart of our effort to create jobs, young and old alike, and work builds self-esteem. it transforms minds from fantasy to reality and grounding. work does not long tolerate corruption, nor will it quietly
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endured a brazen theft by government of the product of hard-working men and women. to foster work and enterprise in the middle east and other developing countries, i will initiate something i call prosperity pacts, working with the private sector. it will identify the barriers to investment and trade and entrepreneurship in developing nations. in exchange, all the nations will receive u.s. assistance packages focused on developing the institutions of liberty, rule of law, and property rights. we will focus efforts on small- and medium-sized businesses. microfinance has been a tool in promoting enterprise, but we have to expand the small- and medium-sized business as well those too small for traditional banking. the aim of a much larger share
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of our aid must be the promotion of work and the fostering of free enterprise. nothing we can do as a nation will change lives and nations more effectively and permanently than sharing the insights that lies at the foundation of america's economy. that is that free people pursuing happiness in their own ways. build a strong and properous nation. i traveled to a number of countries and was struck by the vast difference of wealth in nations that were sometimes neighbors. some of that was due to geography. rich countries often have natural resources like mineral deposits or access to waterways for trade. in some cases, all that seemed to separate a rich country from a more poor one was a faint line on the map.
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in some cases they were economically worlds apart. you can think of north korea and south korea. i became convinced of the critical difference between these countries was not geographic. i noticed the most successful countries shared something in common. they were the freest. they protected the rights of individuals. they enforced rule law. they encouraged trade and enterprise. they understood economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty and kept people out of poverty. a temporary aid package can give an economy a boost. it can fund projects that can pay some bills, employs some people for a time, but it cannot sustain an economy for the long term. it cannot pull the whole weight because at some point the money runs out. but an assistance program that helps unleash free enterprise can create enduring prosperity. free enterprise is based on
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mutual exchange, millions of people buying, trading, building, investing. it has its ups and downs. it is not perfect. it is more reliable and more durable, and ultimately history has shown it is more successful. by the way, perhaps the best example of the good that free enterprise can do is by looking at the example of the developed world itself. my friend arthur at the american enterprise institute has pointed out before 1800 living standards in the west were appalling. a person born in the 18th century lived as his great- great-grandfather had. life was overwhelmed with disease and danger and early death. starting in 1800 the west began two centuries of free enterprise and trade. living standards rose, literacy
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spread. in our own country between 1820 and 1998, real per-capita gdp increased twenty-two-fold. as the most prosperous nation, it is our duty to keep the engine of prosperity running, to open markets across the globe and to spread prosperity. we should do it because it is the right moral course. it is also economically the smart thing for us to do. in our export industry, the typical job pays more than what jobs in comparable industries make. we have lost over 500,000 manufacturing jobs over the last four years. as president i will reverse that trend by ensuring we have trade that works for america. i want to negotiate new trade
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agreements and will ask congress to promote trade negotiating authority, to expand the transpacific partnership and what i call the reagan economic zone, where any nation who signs on can participate in a new community committed to free and fair trade. i have laid out a new approach for a new era. we will couple with trade and -- couple aid with trade and private investment and partnerships to empower individuals and courage innovators and reward entrepreneurs. we should not forget and cannot forget that not far from here a voice of unspeakable evil and hatred has spoken out, threatening israel and the entire civilized world. we come together knowing that the bitterness of hate is no match for the strength of love. in the weeks ahead, i will
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speak to these challenges and opportunities this moment presents us. i will go beyond foreign assistance and describe what i believe our strategy should be to secure our interests and ideals in this uncertain time. a year from now, i hope to return to this meeting as president, having made substantial progress toward achieving reforms i have outlined. i hope to remind the board of -- the world of the goodness and the bigness of the american heart. i will never apologize for america. i believe america has been one of the greatest forces for good the world has ever known. we can hold knowledge in our hearts with humility. god bless you and this great work, and god bless my country and yours. thank you so very much. it has been an honor to be with you.
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[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] he talked about human trafficking and anounced the new borrower. today, because if you are an durbaba american citizen and you introduce the president, you are supposed to say "the president up. that is it. i just want to make one comment [laughter] i want to finish that speech i started in charlotte. [cheers]
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and senator mccain came up. in a very busy time, he would still come here every year. and i think it is in no small measure because he basicly started his life as an ngo. that is what he was pictured as, a community organizer. then he picked a secretary state who was a walking ngo. so i am very grateful that he
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made time to give us a speech here today. i am particularly appreciative of what he came here to speak about today. mr. president, the podium is yours, and thanks for coming in again. [applause] >> thank you. thank you so much. thank you. thank you. thank you very much.
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please be seated. to president clinton, thank you that somebody needs to make him secretary of explaining things. [laughter] although they did not use the word "things." [laughter] president clinton, you are a tireless, passionate advocate on behalf of what is best for our country. you have helped improve and save the lives of millions of people around the world. i am grateful for your friendship and your extraordinary leadership, and i think i speak for the entire country when we say that you continue to be a great treasure for all of us. as always, i have to thank president clinton for being so understanding which the record-
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breaking number of countries visited by our secretary of state. as we have seen in recent days, hillary clinton is a leader of grace and grit, and i believe she will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state in american history, so we are grateful to her. to the dedicated staff and every organization that has made commitments and touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people, thank you for being an example of what we need more of in the world, especially in washington, working together to actually solve problems. that is why i am here. as bill mentioned, i have come to cgi every year i have been
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president, and i've talked about how we need to create jobs, the importance of development, global health, the fight against hiv-aids, to growth that leads nations to prosperity. we talked about development and how it has to include women and girls, because by every benchmark, nations that educate their women and girls end up being more successful. today i want to discuss an issue that relates to each of these challenges. it should concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. it ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. it ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets.
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it ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. i'm talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery. i do not use that word "slavery" lightly. painful chapters in our nation's history. around the world, there is no denying the awful reality. when a man desperate for work finds himself in a factory or on a fishing boat or a field, working for little or no pay and beaten if he tries to escape, that is slavery. when a woman is locked in a sweatshop or trapped in a home as a domestic servant, alone and abused and incapable of
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leaving, that is slavery. when a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed, that is slavery. when a little girl is sold by her impoverished family -- girls my daughters' age -- runs away from home and imprisoned in a brothel, that is slavery, and it has no place in a civilized world.
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as a nation we have long rejected such cruelty. proclamation. with the advance of union forces, it brought a new day, would henceforth be forever free. we wrote that promise into our constitution. we spent decades struggling to make it real. the universal declaration of human rights so that slavery and the slave trade would be prohibited in all their forms. a global movement was sparked with the trafficking victims protection act. here at cgi, you have made impressive commitments in this fight. we're honored to be joined by advocates who have risked their lives to liberate victims and
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help them recover. this includes men and women of faith who are truly doing the lord's work -- evangelicals, the catholic church, international justice missions, and world relief. even individual congregations like passion city church in atlanta. so many young people of faith who decided their conscience compels them to act in the face of injustice. groups like these are answering the bible's call, to seek justice and rescue the oppressed. be a leader in the global movement. we have a strategy, we are shining a spotlight on the dark corners where it persists. under hillary's leadership, we are reaching out with new partnerships to give countries
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incentives to meet their responsibilities and calling them out when they do not. i renewed sanctions on some of the worst abusers, including north korea and eritrea. we are helping other countries step up their efforts, and we more nations have passed and trafficking laws. i was proud to welcome to the my , advocate against the use of and me aung san suu kyi. as part of our engagement, we will encourage burma to take steps to encourage reform, because nations must speak with one voice. our people and children are not
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,, room the kitchen, the united states. as president i directed my administration to step up e efforts, and we have. thatfor the first time, our annual trafficking report now includes cannot ask other nations to do what we are not doing ourselves. we have expanded our task force to include more federal partners, including the fbi.
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devoting more resources to strengthened protections so workers know their rights. most of all, we are going after and laura en routenew anti- trafficking teams are dismantling their networks. we're putting them where they belong, behind bars. but with more than 20 million victims around the world -- more than 20 million -- we have a lot chiefthat is why this year i directed my administration to increase efforts, and today i can announce a series of additional steps we will take. we will do more to spot it and stop it. of human trafficking in united
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states so we understand the scope and scale of the problem. we will strengthen training so investigators and law enforcement are better equipped to take action and treat victims as victims, not as criminals. we will work with amtrak and bus and truck inspectors so they are on the lookout. we will help educators spot the signs as well and better serve those who are vulnerable. we are turning the tables on the traffickers. as they are using the internet to export their victims, we will use technology to stop them. we will do more to help victims recover and rebuild their lives.
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people will develop a new plan to improve coordination across the federal government. we will increase access to services to help survivors become self-sufficient. we will work to simplify the set procedures so that innocent victims from other countries can prosecute traffickers. my office of faith-based partnerships will make the fight against trafficking a focus of its work, and i am proud -- they are doing great work. i am proud to announce a new partnership with humanity united, which is a leader in anti-trafficking, a multi- million dollar challenge to local communities to find new ways to care for victims. i want to thank johns hopkins university, which will focus on how to best care for child
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victims. finally, as one of the largest purchasers of goods and services government will lead by an example. we have taken steps to make sure our contractors do not engage in forced labor, and we will go further. i have signed a new executive order that raises the bar, that is specific about the prohibitions, and we're making clear that american tax dollars must never ever be used to support the trafficking of human beings. we will have zero tolerance. we mean what we say. no government can meet this challenge alone. everybody has a responsibility. every nation can take action.
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must be passed and enforced. victims must be cared for. the united states congress should renew the trafficking victims protection act. this is a no-brainer. we need to get that down. as nations, let's recommit to addressing the underlying forces that pushed so many into bondage in the first place. with development and economic growth that creates legitimate jobs, there is less likelihood of indentured servitude around child should ever be exported -- cultures of every country.
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a commitment to equality, as in the equal futures partnership we launched with other nations yesterday, so countries can empower our sisters and daughters. every business can take action. all the business leaders here, companies have the responsibility to make sure that their supply chains are free of forced labor. the good news is more responsible companies are holding themselves to a higher standard. i want to salute the new commitments that are being made. this includes the new business global coalition against trafficking. human trafficking is a crime, and we will stop it.
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we are proud of them. every faith community can take action as well, by educating their congregations, by joining in coalitions that are bound by a love of god and the concern for the oppressed. like the good samaritan on the road to jericho, we cannot just pass by indifferent. we got to be moved by compassion. we got to bind up the wounds. we are our brothers' keepers, and we are our sisters' keepers. every citizen can take action by learning more, going to the website we helped create,, by standing up against the degradation and abuse of women. that is how real change happens, from the bottom up. she was kidnapped by rebels, turned into a slave. she was abused, physically and
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sexually. they got her pregnant five times. in one awful battle, all five of her children were killed. miraculously, she survived and escaped. with care and support she began to heal, and she learned to read and write and sew, and now she is back home learning a new future. ask another who grew up in indonesia and at 17 was given the opportunity to work as a nanny, but when she arrived it was a nightmare.
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cooking, cleaning, 18-hour days, seven days a week. when her beating was so bad, it sent her to the emergency room. finally she escaped with help from a group that cared, and she now has a stable job, and she is an advocate. she has testified before congress. or ask sheila white, who grew up home. a man sold her when she was 15 years old. men raped her. finally, after years with the help of a non-profit led by other survivors, she found the courage to break free and getshe
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helped pass an anti-trafficking law here in new york. these women endured unspeakable horror, but in their unbreakable will, in their courage, in their resilience, they remind us the cycle can be broken. victims can become not only survivors, but leaders and advocates and bring about change. i just met some of these women and their advocates, and i have to tell you they are an incredible inspiration. they are here, they have chosen to tell their stories, and i want them to stand and be recognized because they are inspiring all of us. please. to each of you, in the darkest hours of your lives, you may have felt utterly alone and it seemed like nobody cared. and the important thing for us to understand is there are millions around the world who are feeling that same way this very moment.
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right now there is a man on a boat casting a net with his bleeding hands, knowing he deserves a better life, a life of dignity, but does not know if anybody is paying attention. right now there is a woman hunched over a sewing machine,
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glancing beyond the bars on the window, knowing that just given the chance she might someday sell her own wares, but she does not think anybody is paying attention. another is a boy carrying his load, thinking if he could just go to school, he might know a not think anybody is paying attention. right now there is a girl somewhere trapped in a brothel, crying herself to sleep again, and maybe daring to imagine that someday maybe she might be treated not like a piece of property, but as a human being. our message to them is to millions around the world, we
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see you. we hear you. we insist on your dignity, and we share your belief that if just given the chance you will forge a life equal to your talents and worthy of your dreams. [applause] our fight against human and the united states will continue to lead it in partnership with you. the change we seek will not come easy. we can draw strength from the movements of the past. we know every life saved, in the words of that great proclamation, is an act of justice, worthy of the considered judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of almighty god. that is what we are fighting for. i am so proud to be in partnership with cgi to make this happen. thank you very much, everybody. god bless you. god bless america. [applause]
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does not quite see the middle americans are under overtaxed? >> it was not going to say this. there you go again. i do not have a plan to increase taxes. i am not going to increase taxes. as a senator, you voted 16 times to increase taxes. i believe that our problem has not been that anybody is under tax. the government is over fed. i think that this is why we had a 20 5% tax cut across the board which maintained the same progressivity on the bracket on up. as a matter of fact, it so
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happens that administering these taxes, of those above $50,000 did not get quite the biggest cut percentage wise as though with the thousand down appeared from 50,000 outcome of those people paid 2/3 of the taxes. those people got 2/3 of the tax cuts. >> you said there you go again. do you remember the last time you said that? you said that when president carter said he would cut medicare. you sit there you go again. what did you do after the election that he went out and decided to cut $20 billion out of medicare. people remember this. people will remember that you sign the biggest tax increase in the history of california. the biggest tax increase in the history of the united states.
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what are you going to do? you have a two letter $60 billion deficit. you will not slow the spending. you refuse to do that. >> as we get closer to this year's first presidential debate, we're taking a look at some debate from our archives starting with president reagan at 7:00 p.m. eastern. later, it is the 1992 debate between president bush, bill clinton, and ross perot. and then it is our core and george w. bush. they're all tonight here on c- span. >> every generation through our history has worked and sacrificed to meet a better country to their children and grandchildren and future generations. we read then spending the money. we are now much more spending their money. we are leaving them a mess. it will be very difficult to deal with.
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if we are that week, and just think of who want to come here first and take us over. the last thing i want to see is our country taken over because we're so financially weak we cannot do anything. we're moving in that direction. we are on the edge of the cliff. we have to start fixing it now. otherwise, we are leaving a disaster. we could even lose our country. >> ross perot interviewed by richard wolf on the economy, and the deficit, at the debt, and how it does change as he ran for president. find his article on monday and usa >> joining us this week on "the communicators" is david cohen, comcast executive vice president. the last time you were on this is april


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